|Irish:||An Clár CLG|
|Nickname(s):||The Banner County|
|County colours:||Saffron and Blue|
|Ground(s):||Cusack Park, Ennis|
|Football Championship:||Sam Maguire Cup|
|Hurling Championship:||Liam McCarthy Cup|
|Ladies' Gaelic football:||Brendan Martin Cup|
The Clare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Contae an Chláir) or Clare GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Clare. The county board is also responsible for the Clare inter-county teams.
- 1 Hurling
- 2 Camogie
- 3 Gaelic football
- 4 Ladies Gaelic football
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Hurling has been played in Clare for centuries and Michael Cusack, founder of the GAA, was born in Carron in the north the county.
At senior level, Clare have won 6 Munster titles and 4 All-Ireland championships.
- Early Successes (1889-1932)
In 1899, Clare won their first provincial title after defeating Tipperary and receiving a walkover from Kerry in the final. Clare contested the All-Ireland final, but lost to Dublin by 5-01 to 1-06.
1914 saw Clare claim another munster title when they beat Cork by 3-02 to 3-01. Clare then defeated Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final by 6-06 to 0-00 to reach the All-Ireland final for the first time their history. The final saw Clare pitted against Laois. Clare won by 2-04 to 1-02 and Amby Power became the first man to captain Clare to an All-Ireland hurling title.
In 1932, Clare captured another provincial title, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-02 to 4-01. They went on to contest the All-Ireland final, but lost to Kilkenny by 3-03 to 2-03.
- The Glory Days Under Ger Loughnane (1995-2000)
After losing Munster finals in 1993 and 1994, Len Gaynor was replaced as manager by Ger Loughnane. Clare made a return to the provincial decider in 1995 after a 2-13 to 3-09 victory over Cork in the semi-final. In the final minutes of the game, Cork were leading by two points. Clare had used all their substitutes and could not replace the injured Seanie McMahon. In injury time, Clare earned a sideline which was taken by Fergie Tuohy. It travelled to the edge of the square, where Ollie Baker doubled on the sliotar, scoring a goal, to put Clare through. In the final, Clare faced Limerick. Clare dominated the game and in the end ran out easy victors by 1-17 to 0-11. This was Clare's first Munster title in 63 years. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare played Galway. 2-01 from Ger O'Loughlin and 0-07 from Jamesie O'Connor saw the Clare account for the tribesmen by 3-12 to 1-13. Offaly, reigning All-Ireland champions, awaited Clare in the final. In the second half, an Anthony Daly free rebounded off the post and fell to Eamonn Taaffe at the edge of the square, who sent the ball crashing to the back of the Offaly net. Clare ran out 1-13 to 2-08 victors.
In 1996, Clare were defeated in the opening round of the Munster Championship by Limerick on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-15. This ended Clare's involvement in the championship for the year.
Clare won the Munster and All-Ireland championships for the second time in three years in 1997. Clare defeated Kerry and Cork to qualify for the Munster final against Tipperary. The match was held in Cork and Clare edged a tight affair by 1-18 to 0-18. Clare defeated Kilkenny by 1-17 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland semi-final. In the subsequent All-Irelnad final, Clare were faced by Tipperary who went through the back door to reach the final. A late Tipperary goal saw the Premier county take lead but the teams were tied at 2-13 to 0-19 entering the closing stages. Jamesie O'Connor then scored a point to win Clare the All-Ireland. He finished the match with 0-07 and his outstanding performances throughout the year would see him win the Hurler of the Year award.
In 1998, Clare retained the Munster title. Clare defeated Cork by 0-21 to 0-13 to qualify for the final where they faced Waterford. A late goal from a Paul Flynn free tied the games at 1-16 to 3-10 and sent the match to a replay. Clare won out 2-16 to 0-10 winners. In the semi-final of the All-Ireland Clare faced Offaly. The game ended a draw, 1-13 apiece. In the replay Clare were leading in the closing stages by 2-10 to 1-16, however the referee accidentally blew the match up early. When the whistle blew there was disarray in Croke Park as the disgruntled Offaly supporters began a sit-down protest on the pitch. As the game hadn't been completed to 70 minutes, the semi final had to be replayed. On this occasion, Offaly won out by 0-16 to 0-13.
In 1999, Clare defeated Tipperary to qualify for the Munster final, and set up the possibility of Clare winning their third successive Munster title. Cork won on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-14. In the All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway, Clare ran out victors by 3-18 to 2-14 after a replay. In the semi-final, Kilkenny beat Clare 2-14 to 1-13.
In the 2000 Championship, Clare lost their Munster semi-final to Tipperary on a scoreline of 2-19 to 1-14. This was to be Ger Loughnane's last match as Clare manager.
- The Davy Fitzgerald Era (2012–present)
In 2012, Davy Fitzgerald began his tenure as Clare manager. At the time Clare had fallen down the game's pecking order, having not won a championship match since 2008 and they were also in the second tier of the Hurling League. Clare won Division 1B of the league to gain promotion for the following year. In the Munster Championship, Clare lost to Waterford by 2-17 to 1-18. Clare then faced Dublin in a Qualifier. In what was Tony Kelly's first senior game for the county, he scored 1-02 to help Clare win by 1-16 to 0-16. In the next round Limerick beat Clare by 3-18 to 1-20.
In 2013, Clare won their Munster Quarter-Final against Waterford by 2-20 to 1-15, outscoring them by 2-12 to 0-06 in the second half. This was Clare's first win in Munster since 2008. In the Semi-Final, Clare lost to Cork by 0-23 to 0-15. Clare beat Laois and Wexford in the qualifiers by 1-32 to 0-15 and 3-24 to 1-20 respectively. This put Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final where they beat Galway by 1-23 to 2-14. Munster Champions Limerick awaited Clare in the semi-final. An early Darach Honan goal helped Clare win out by 1-22 to 0-18 and qualify for their first final since 2002. The All-Ireland final was held on September 8 and Clare were leading at half time. In the second half Cork scored three goals to get back into the game. With the sides level, Patrick Horgan scored to put Cork in the lead. Moments later, in injury-time, Domhnall O'Donovan pointed to send the game to a replay. Full-time score: 3-16 to 0-25. On 28 September 2013, Clare won the replay by 5-16 to 3-16. Shane O'Donnell scored 3-03 to help Clare to victory. A Conor McGrath goal in the 61st minute was quickly followed by 3 points to put Clare 4-16 to 2-16 ahead. A late Stephen Moylan goal was cancelled out by a Darach Honan goal to see Clare win by 5-16 to 3-16. Clare's centre-forward, Tony Kelly, was subsequently awarded the Young Hurler of the Year and Hurler of the Year awards, the first player to achieve such a feat.
List of Clare Senior Hurling Managers
- 1977-1980 Justin McCarthy (2 National Hurling League Division 1 Titles)
- 1984-1985 Éamonn Cregan
- 1986-1989 Séamus Durack
- 1990-1994 Len Gaynor
- 1995-2000 Ger Loughnane (2 All-Irelands & 3 Munster Titles)
- 2001-2003 Cyril Lyons
- 2004-2006 Anthony Daly
- 2007(only) Tony Considine
- 2008-2009 Mike McNamara (1 Waterford Crystal Cup)
- 2010-2011 Ger O'Loughlin
- 2012-2016 Davy Fitzgerald (1 All-Ireland, 1 National Hurling League Division 1B Title and 1 Waterford Crystal Cup)
Under 21 Hurling
At the Under-21 grade, Clare have won 3 Munster titles and 3 All-Irelands.
- Under-21 Breakthrough (2009)
Clare lost 12 Munster Under 21 Hurling finals before finally making the breakthrough in 2009. In the opening round Clare defeated Limerick in Ennis to qualify for the final. In the final, they prevailed on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-12 in Dungarven. Clare faced a highly fancied Galway side in the smi-final. The match could not be decided over the sixty minutes so extra-time was required. Eventually the Banner County prevailed on a scoreline of 3-23 to 5-15. In September 2009, Clare won their first ever All-Ireland under-21 hurling title with a 0-15 to 0-14 win over Kilkenny at Croke Park. The match was a tight affair and was only decided after a late Cormac O'Donovan point. A second half contribution of 3 points from play from John Conlon was pivotal in helping Clare to victory. Darach Honan received the Bord Gais Breakthrough award for 2009.
- Back-To-Back All-Irelands (2012 & 2013)
In 2012, Clare easily accounted for Waterford in the Munster semi-final to qualify for the final against Tipperary. Going into injury time in the final, the Banner County trailed by a single point, but a late goal from second-half substitute, Niall Arthur, helped Clare win out by 1-16 to 1-14. Clare then beat Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final. In the final Clare outplayed Kilkenny and won on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-11. Séadna Morey received the Bord Gáis Breaking Through award for 2012. Clare retained their Munster and All-Ireland titles the following year. In the opening round of their 2013 campaign, Clare shook of a determined Waterford side to win 2-15 to 0-17. Clare once more faced Tipperary in the Munster final, this time in Thurles. Clare emerged victorious once more, winning 1-17 to 2-10. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare easily accounted for Galway, defeating the tribesman by 1-16 to 0-07. They went on to successfully defend their All-Ireland title by defeating Antrim by 2-28 to 0-12. David McInerney was named the Under-21 Hurler of the year for 2013.
Clare have won 4 Munster Championships and one All-Ireland in the minor grade.
- Arrival On The Scene (1981 & 1989)
Clare won the Munster Minor title for the first time in 1981, defeating Tipperary by two points, 3-13 to 3-11. Clare didn't qualify for the final again until 1989. This time Limerick were the opposition and Clare prevailed once more, winning by a single point, 2-13 to 2-12. Clare went on to qualify for the All-Ireland final but were defeated by Offaly by 2-16 to 1-12.
- All-Ireland Success (1997)
Clare's only All-Ireland title in the minor grade arrived in 1997 when the county's minor completed a double with the Seniors, who defeated Tipperary on the same day. The minor team went through the backdoor after losing the Munster final to Tipperary by 2-13 to 1-13. Clare qualified for the final and emerged victorious defeating Galway by two points, 1-11 to 1-09.
- Back-to-Back Munster Minor Titles (2010 & 2011)
In 2010, Clare were beaten by Waterford in the opening round of the Munster Championship, but they would make their way to the competition's semi-final after beating Kerry and Tipperary, by 0-17 to 1-13, in the play-offs. In the semi-final, Clare edged out Limerick on a scoreline of 1-17 to 2-12. In the final, Clare exacted revenge on Waterford for their opening round defeat and won by 1-16 to 1-11. Niall Arthur was later awarded Munster Minor Hurler of the Year. Clare beat Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final by 0-20 to 2-13. In the final, Clare lost Kilkenny 2-10 to 0-14. Clare then proceeded to retain their Munster crown in 2011. Clare easily accounted for Kerry in the opening round and in the semi-final, defeated Tipperary on a by 3-13 to 1-13. Clare won the final, by beating Waterford by 1-20 to 3-09 and were the first Clare team to retain their provincial crown. Tony Kelly would subsequently be awarded the Munster Minor Hurler of the Year Award. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Galway defeated Clare, 1-23 to 1-18, after extra-time. Clare missed out on a three in a row when they lost the 2012 final to Tipperary, 1-16 to 1-12.
- All-Ireland Championship
- All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championships: 2
- 1914, 1993
- Provincial Championship
- Munster Senior Hurling Championships: 6
- 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998
- Munster Under-21 Hurling Championships: 3
- 2009, 2012, 2013
- Munster Minor Hurling Championships: 4
- 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011
- Munster Junior Hurling Championships: 4
- 1914, 1949, 1993, 1995
- National League
- Waterford Crystal Cup: 2
- 2009, 2013
Clare have 49 Hurling All Stars.
- 4 each: Brian Lohan (1995, 1996, 1997 & 2002) and Jamesie O'Connor (1995, 1997, 1998 & 2001)
- 3 each: Seanie McMahon (1995, 1997 & 1998), Anthony Daly (1994, 1995 & 1998) and Seamus Durack (1977, 1978 & 1981)
- 2 each: Brendan Bugler (2012 & 2013), Colin Lynch (1997 & 2002), Davy Fitzgerald (1995 & 2002), Ollie Baker (1995 & 1998), Liam Doyle (1995 & 1997), Ger O'Loughlin (1995 & 1997), Johnny Callinan (1979 & 1981), Johnny McMahon (1976 & 1977) and Ger Loughnane (1974 & 1977)
- 1 each: David McInerney (2013), Patrick Donnellan (2013), Conor Ryan (2013), Colm Galvin (2013), Tony Kelly (2013), Conor McGrath (2013), Pádraic Collins (2013), Tony Griffin (2006), Niall Gilligan (1999), Frank Lohan (1999), Seán Stack (1981), Colm Honan (1978), Noel Casey (1978) and Mick Moroney (1977)
Hurlers of the Year
- All-Star Hurler Of The Year
- 1 - Tony Kelly (2013)
- 1 - Jamesie O'Connor (1997)
- 1 - Brian Lohan (1995)
- Young Hurler Of The Year
- 1 - Tony Kelly (2013)
- Bord Gáis Breakthrough / Under-21 Hurler Of The Year
- 1 - David McInerney (2103)
- 1 - Seadna Morey (2012)
- 1 - Darach Honan (2009)
Current hurling squad
- Manager: Davy Fitzgerald
- Selectors: Mike Deegan, Louis Mulqueen
- Strength and Conditioning Coach: Joe O'Connor
- Trainer: Paul Kinnerk
- Physios: Diarmuid Horgan, Mary O'Keeffe
- Medical: Dr. Padraic Quinn M.D.
- Team Manager: Seoirse Bulfin
- Backroom Team: Aimee McInerney, Tom Stackpool, Padraig McMahon, Seanie McMahon, Tommy Hegarty, John O' Sullivan, Fergie McDonagh
(Squad For All-Ireland Final 2013 vs Cork On The 28th Of September 2013, All-Ireland Champions)
Camogie was established by County Secreatry Mick Hennessy of Clooney in 1934. Peggy Nagle of Ennistymon and Sheila Carroll of Lahinch revived the game in 1958. Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,” five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.
- All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship: 4
- 1974, 1981, 1986, 2008
- All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship: 3
- 1993, 1995, 1999
Clare have won 2 Munster Football titles at senior level.
- A First Munster title And All-Ireland Final Appearance (1917)
Clare won their first Munster Senior Football Championship in 1917, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-4 to 0-1. This was after losing deciders in 1912 and 1915 to Kerry and in 1916 to Cork. Clare were then faced by Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final and emerged victorious by 2-1 to 0-5. However, in that year's All-Ireland Final, Clare were narrowly defeated by Wexford on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-5. This was Wexford's fourth time winning the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and was also their third consecutive victory. They would go on to complete a four-in-a-row in 1918, when winning their fifth All-Ireland.
- A Second Munster title (1992)
Clare football's greatest day since arrived in 1992 when, under the stewardship of John Maughan of Mayo, they won their second Munster Senior Football Championship by beating Kerry in the final in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick by 2-10 to 0-12. This victory was aided in no small part by two second half goals from Colm Clancy and Martin Daly. This victory was also historic in that it is the only year from 1936 to the present day that neither Kerry nor Cork were crowned Munster champions. Clare's luck would run out however and in the All-Ireland Semi-final, they went down to Dublin on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-12. Full back on the team of 1992 was Seamus Clancy, brother of full-forward Colm, and he was rewarded for his outstanding performances in the 1992 championship with a place on the All-Star team of that year. He is Clare's only recipient of an All-Star award in football.
There won't be a cow milked in County Clare for at least a week - RTÉ commentator, and Clareman, Marty Morrissey, upon Clare winning the 1992 Munster title
List of Clare Senior Football Managers
- 1991-1994 John Maughan (1 Munster Title, 1 Senior 'B' All-Ireland & 2 McGrath Cups)
- 1995-1997 John O'Keeffe (2 McGrath Cups)
- 1998-1999 Tommy Curtin
- 2000-2001 Pat Begley (1 McGrath Cup)
- 2002-2004 John Kennedy (1 McGrath Cup, 1Tommy Murphy Cup)
- 2005-2006 Donie Buckley & Michael Brennan
- 2007 (Only) Páidí Ó Sé
- 2008-2009 Frank Doherty (1 McGrath Cup)
- 2010-2012 Micheal McDermott
- 2013 (Only) Mick O'Dwyer
- 2014-2015 Colm Collins
Clare have won one All-Ireland and three Munster titles at minor level. They won the first of their three Munster Minor Football Championships defeating Waterford in 192. Clare then proceeded to qualify for the inaugural All-Ireland Minor Football Final. In the final they faced Longford and prevailed by 5-03 to 3-05, to crown Clare All-Ireland Minor Champions. Clare defeated Tipperary in the 1930 Munster final to retain their provincial crown. The Banner County had to wait until 1953 for another Munster title. On this occasion Clare defeated Cork in the decider.
- All-Ireland Championship
- All-Ireland Senior B Football Championships: 1
- All-Ireland Minor Football Championships: 1
- Provincial Championship
- Munster Senior Football Championships: 2
- 1917, 1992
- Munster Minor Football Championships: 3
- 1929, 1930, 1953
- Munster Junior Football Championship: 1
- Tommy Murphy Cup: 1
- McGrath Cup: 12
- 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008
Clare have 1 Football All Star.
- 1 - Seamus Clancy (1992)
Current football squad
- Manager: Colm Collins, Cratloe
- Selectors: Ger Keane St Senan's Kilkee, Michael Neylon St. Josephs Milltown Malbay GAA|St. Josephs Miltown Malbay
Squad as per Clare vs Laois (All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2 July 6, 2013)
Ladies Gaelic football
- All-Ireland Junior Ladies' Football Championship: 2
- 1991, 1996
- All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies' Football Championship: 3
- 1991, 1994, 2009
- All-Ireland Under-18 Ladies' Football Championship: 2
- 1989, 1990
- All-Ireland Under-16 Ladies' Football Championship: 4
- 1985, 1987, 1990, 1994
- Munster Junior Ladies' Football Championship: 6
- 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 2006
- Ladies' Football National league: 1
- Ladies' Football National League Div 2: 4
- 1990, 1991, 2000, 2008
- Ladies' Football National League Div 3: 1
- "Clare Overcome dismissal To Oust Dublin". 7 July 2012.
- "Munster Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15". 2 June 2013.
- "Clare power past Wexford after extra-time". 13 July 2013.
- "Clare dump Galway out of Hurling Championship to set up Limerick clash". 28 July 2013.
- "Fitzgerald’s Clare blitz Limerick to claim final berth". 18 August 2013.
- "Clare And Cork To Meet Again". 9 September 2013.
- "Clare Crowned Champions After Eight Goal Thriller". 29 September 2013.
- "Tony Kelly wins Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year awards". 8 November 2013.
- "Remember when Joe Canning scored 4-7 against Clare…but Galway lost the game?". 26 July 2013.
- "Clare 0-15 0-14 Kilkenny". 13 September 2009.
- "Arthur strikes late to deliver Munster U21 title for Clare". 8 August 2012.
- "Clare Skin Cats To Land All-Ireland U-21 Title". 16 September 2012.
- "Breakthrough: Seadna Morey awarded after Clare’s under-21 success". 19 October 2012.
- "Waterford 0-17 (17) Clare 2-15 (21) – Under-21 – Giveitfong’s view".
- "Munster Under 21 Hurling Final – Clare 1-17 Tipperary 2-10". 7 August 2013.
- "Clare Ease Past Galway". 24 August 2013.
- "U-21s Show Antrim No Mercy". 18 September 2013.
- "Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final 2010 - Clare 1-16 Waterford 1-11".
- "BEd Student Niall Arthur- Munster Minor Hurler of 2010". 14 December 2010.
- "Brennan yields net gain for Cats". 6 September 2010.
- "Munster Minor Hurling Final – Clare 1-20 Waterford 3-9". 10 July 2011.
- "KELLY CLAIMS MUNSTER MINOR HURLER OF THE YEAR AWARD". 18 November 2011.
- Irish Independent March 29 2010: Final goal for camogie
- Official website
- Clare at Hogan Stand
- Profile: National and provincial titles won by Clare teams
- Club championship winners
- County teams that won trophies